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ReaddleDocs (documents/attachments viewer and file manager)Developer: Igor Zhadanov Price: $4.99Download from the App StoreUser Ratings: Today Readdle releases a new version of ReaddleDocs - its legendary file manager and document viewer for the iPhone. The latest update incorporates an innovative redesigned interface, great annotating capabilities, iCloud support and other multiple new features.
Being a Rolls Royce of document portfolios, ReaddleDocs is a perfect combination of a file manager and a document viewer in a single iPhone application. It can open the most common file fo
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rmats like MS Office and Apple iWork, PDF documents and images, along with audio and video files. Going beyond the established capabilities, the new version of ReaddleDocs allows users to annotate PDF files. They can now highlight text, add comments, underline or strikeout mistakes. (more...)


There’s nothing quite like a sword wielding action RPG platformer like Zelda, and other similar fare. Touch Foo has made a name for itself with the excellent platformer Soosiz, which combines classic gameplay with the fresh gravitational pull on mini planets somewhat similar to Super Mario Galaxy. Swordigo is their next game, and it provides the classic feel of a sword wielding action RPG as you battle through a magical realm. It’s an expansive adventure where you try to end the spread of darkness across the land by battling away enemies one by one.

You have a sword and magica
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l spells at your disposal to dispatch of foes, and there’s a smooth and customizable on screen control system. As you progress you uncover new items, and can upgrade your character to be better prepared for what lies ahead. The game is a perfect embodiment of the ones that have become before it, and it brings all of the classic elements to iOS. There’s never a dull movement as you hop between platforms and slash your sword against a plethora of enemies. The entire game has such a smooth flow, and great balance that you’ll want to keep playing through the entire adventure.
There’s a great design as well with dynamic lighting effects, great character design, and nice looking environments. Gameplay is king with this one though, and there’s just such an engaging experience that this game is definitely tough to put down. There are various quests available at all times, and it leads to acquiring keys, flipping switches, and encountering bosses. The boss battles are especially great, and all of the battles have a very good balance of challenge and enjoyment. One potential drawback is that health and level up status pops-up whenever you begin an attack.
Swordigo ($1.99, Universal) is another App Store gem from Touch Foo, by bringing all the best classic elements to iOS in a brilliantly designed package.


Iron Commando Pro 1.8.1
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.8.1 (iTunes)

*NOW FREE for a VERY LIMITED TIME!* DRIVE BACK the ALIEN INVADERS!JUMP into this super-challenging ACTION-PACKED PLATFORMER! now with OVER 1 MILLION DOWNLOADS!★★★★★SCORE sweet POWER-UPS, PULVERIZE menacing BOSS SHIPS, and BATTLE your way through 8 ULTRA-CLASSIC STAGES!★★★★★HOP into a BLAST FROM THE PAST and get your RETRO ON.YES, we brought the 30-LIFE CHEAT ;) ★★★★★ it is the year 2046. an anthropomorphic extraterrestr
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ial species has overrun planet earth, and is unleashing its destructive forces on major cities across the globe. apocalypse threatens as rumor spreads that the invaders have scheduled a 7,000 megaton nuclear detonation. you are all that stands between your planet and a nuclear winter. now is the moment of determination, iron commando... ★★★★★ ✓ swanky cartoon style✓ fluid graphics w/ high fps✓ detailed surroundings✓ smooth controls✓ realistic shooting & sound fx✓ eight different stages✓ eight formidable boss ships ★★★★★ ▶ ▶'s New-UI changes.★★★★★▶ ▶
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Tweetbot for iPad Review
By Carter Dotson on February 9th, 2012
Our Rating: :: WELL-BUILT MACHINEiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad

Tweetbot for iPad is a Twitter client, created by design-conscious iOS developer Tapbots.

Developer: Tapbots
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
iPad Integration Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
User Interface Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Re-use Value Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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e very few apps that someone could say “this has been released!” that I would buy immediately. Tweetbot for iPad was apparently on that list, because as soon as I saw on Twitter that the iPhone/iPod touch Twitter client was now available on iPad, I went out and bought it sight-unseen with an urgency unlike the way I approach many other things in my life.
Tweetbot, for the unengaged, is an app from design-conscious developer Tapbots for browsing and posting to Twitter. The iPhone/iPod version brought their design principles, along with a variety of advanced functions like gestures, user muting (be gone, banal check-in service tweets!), multiple account support, and notifications for just about everything involving the user.

Users of the iPhone/iPod touch Tweetbot will be happy to know that the app works in much the same way. Sliding right on a tweet for conversation view, sliding left to view replies to that tweet, and the user-configurable triple tap command are all here. All the configuration options are largely identical, buttons are placed in the same places, multiple account support is here. Even the new tweaks from Tweetbot’s 2.0 update for the iPhone/iPod touch have all been incorporated, and tapping on elements directly in tweets works fantastically. It just has all been designed to fit on the iPad. Timelines, lists, settings, and different accounts can all be quickly switched between on the app’s new left-side menu.
Being used to Twitter for iPad’s sliding card view, it is a little disappointing to see links take up the whole screen, along with the ‘compose new tweet’ view – with a screen that size, having a single view can feel kind of limited, though the conversation view when composing a reply is great. As well, I’m a big proponent of universal apps, and Tweetbot for iPad is not universal, but – paying for great software trumps that desire for universal support.
Having been fed up with the inadequacies of Twitter for iPad – particularly the unresolved bugs that the last update introduced and never fixed – having the Twitter client that I love to use on my iPod touch available for the iPad is something that I need. Users of the smaller version will love the experience on the iPad as it translates perfectly, and the layouts and settings feel immediately familiar. Those who haven’t used it need to check it out – it is the best designed Twitter client out there, and is a dramatic step up in the tweeting experience on iPad.

Tweetbot — A Twitter Client with Personality for iPadiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Buy Now: $2.99Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Social NetworkingApps mentioned in this post: Tweetbot — A Twitter Client with Personality for iPad

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Unique children’s stories are becoming more prevalent in the app store as the popularity of the iPad grows. A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad is unique, not only because of the interesting interactivity that each page offers, but also because of the subject matter. Spend an imaginative day with a “rock star, ninja fighter, crime buster, Jedi master” and his dad as they create a recipe for the perfect day.
The book offers an auto play feature and a “read to me” option. The auto play feature will flip the pages automatically, but can be paused at any time if the user wishes to spend more
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time exploring the hidden animations.
Each page is full of interactive illustrations that are discovered by tapping them. For example, tap on the makeshift oven to reveal a table with dishes that can then be uncovered for a secret surprise. Tap on a spaceship to make it travel across the sky.
There are a couple of extra special hidden gems. For example, tapping on the electric guitar will open a new page that shows our young protagonist rocking out to some heavy tunes.
The illustrated graphics are perfectly matched with this imaginative story. The street floods with water and the neighborhood slowly turns into a jungle. The colors are bright and the Seuss-like animals are a pleasant addition.
The app runs just a bit slow. When turning a page, kids have to wait for the animated arrow to bounce first. Instead of a tap-to-turn option, it would be nice to see the realistic page turning feature. That way, kids could easily and quickly flip to their favorite pages.
Although the story is different, this app reminds me of the interactive children’s book Little Frigglepants Builds a Ship. Both are about a child and his wild imagination and both offer full-featured interactive pages that can be played with for long periods of time. A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad will keep your young reader engaged and entertained.
What I liked: There are lots of interactive features on each and every page. The story is unique and interesting.
What I didn’t like: When the app is opened, it goes directly to a library of other books that can be purchased from the developer. That feature really belongs at the back of the book. It is kind of tacky for it to be the first thing your child sees.
To buy or not to buy: This is a great book with lots of interactive features. Children will enjoy exploring every page. The app is only $0.99, so it is a bargain too.

App Name: A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad- An Interactive Children’s Story Book HD
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Category: Books
Developer: TabTale
Price: $0.99


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The Bad Mouse app for iPhone and iPad from Jiguin is like whack a mole, but with a little more love put into it. It’s also a good way to introduce whack a mole into a younglings life. With more kids running around with iPads and less in arcades, these games are slowly dying in [...]

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Elicity is a new iPad app that has quite a simple purpose; it lets you browse and share YouTube videos via word clouds. Here’s its brief App Store intro:
Explore the millions of videos available on YouTube with the beautiful word clouds created by Elicity. Makes browsing YouTube a wonderfully tactile and intuitive experience. Share word clouds and discovered videos with friends, via Facebook, Twitter and Email. Gorgeous fonts, delicious color schemes – create something unique whilst browsing.

As you may have noticed, I’m finding myself drawn to a numbe
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r of video-focused apps for the iPad, as there are so few good things to watch on TV these days. Elicity’s word cloud concept is certainly different enough to be worth a look – so I’ve been trying it out last night and today.
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PiggyWoogy TMDeveloper: Jdea Co., Ltd. Price: $0.99Download from the App StoreUser Ratings: recently launched iOS game Piggy Woogy, a match-3 puzzler with the added bonus of top-notch action, is available for a temporarily reduced price of $0.99. Piggy Woogy normally retails at $1.99, but Jdea is offering the game at a fifty percent discount in order to celebrate its quick success and to give even more gamers the opportunity to become part of the game’s enthusiastic fan base.Piggy Woogy owes its success to the game’s unique concept, which is
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a fusion of traditional match-three puzzle gaming and action. (more...)

Today’s iPhone, iPad, and iTouch apps for free daily include a frantic cooking game, excellent board game, slick music player, and star gazing assistant. A number of apps drop from paid to free on a daily basis, and we pick the top four everyday, as many of the others aren’t worth your time even for free. Everyday we try to pick apps that are worth spending money on, but are now free to download, and here they are.
Mad Chef ($0.99 -> Free, Universal): A cooking game like never before as it combines time management, cooking, action, knife tossing, and arcade feel for one unique game exp
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erience. It features a little of everything as orders come in, ingredients bounce across the screen, and you toss knifes to collect ingredients.
Ticket To Ride Pocket ($1.99 -> Free, iPhone): This is one of the best games transported from physical board game to iOS. A game based on trains where you have train tickets, and need to use them effectively to control the entire map of train routes.
SmartPlayer ($0.99 -> Free, iPhone): A very slick and seamless music player that focuses on aesthetics, and ease of use. There is a clear interface with intuitive gestures to control music playback.
Star Rover HD ($0.99 -> Free, iPad): A star gazing app that lets you point your iPad to the sky to see what constellations and sky objects you’re looking at. The app includes over 120,000 Hipparcos stars, all 88 constellations, planets and their moons, and a deluxe catalog of imagery and information for everything you’re looking at.

With all the freebies that have been flying around each week, it’s a wonder we haven’t run out. Then again, how many hundreds of apps and games are released each week? Yeah, I suppose when I think about it that way it’s no wonder we’re still going strong. Strong with savings!
… I’m sorry. Just ignore me and take a look at this week’s list. I’ll be sitting over here. In the corner.
Baseball Superstars 2012 – People love baseball. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. So yeah, here’s a baseball game. But what about the
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rest of us who aren’t nuts for “America’s Favorite Pastime?” Well we have this, too. Because it’s absolutely insane, anime-style baseball. Like with unnatural pitching abilities and totally wacky players. That, and the last one was pretty cool, too.
Baseball Superstars® 2012.Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games
Derby Days – Now I know there are a lot of free-to-play “build X” games around these days, but none to my knowledge combine the concept with horse care. It’s usually either or as far as I know. So why not get excited about being able to build and run a horse ranch, while also caring for and breeding horses? If it were possible to trade the diminutive equines with friends than I’d say this is a sure-fire thing. Wait a second, we can do that already? Well then I guess there’s no point in holding off on downloading it.
Derby DaysUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games
Zombie Battle – Zombies staggering in from the right side of the screen across several “lanes.” Seems a tad familiar. This isn’t a strategy game, however. It’s more of an action defense thing. Sure, zombies have been done to death (har-har) these days but that’s no reason to discount this upgradable blast-em-up. Besides, vaporizing the living dead is almost always tons of fun.
Zombie BattleiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-23 :: Category: Games
2XL MX Offroad – Some people out there might argue about the superiority of dirt bikes versus ATVs. People like that can now have tons of fun with various what-if scenarios thanks to 2XL MX Offroad. People unlike that who don’t care much either way can also have plenty of fun with 2XL MX Offroad because it’s a crazy motocross-style racer with lots of stuff to do and stunts to (hopefully) perform.
2XL MX OffroadUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-24 :: Category: Games
Apps mentioned in this post: 2XL MX Offroad, Baseball Superstars® 2012., Derby Days, Zombie Battle

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